17. Item #90537
Hasegawa Mitsunobu 長谷川光信, artist. Keihitsu Tobaguruma 軽筆鳥羽車. [Ehon]. Meiji 24 . Nagoya. 梶田勘助 Kajita Kansuke publisher. 3 vols of 9 cho each bound as 1 volume 23.5 x 16cm string bound fukuro toji. Printed title slip. Original black and white woodblock prints and Japanese text. Woodcut laid down on inside front wrapper and colophon laid down on inside rear wrapper.
This “Cart of Caricature” is a reprint (using original woodblocks) of a first edition published in Kyōhō 5 . Frog-like, loin-cloth wearing characters, precursors to the everyday folks in modern manga or comic books, scramble across the pages, fighting off demons, praying to a carp or trying to saw a gourd in half. Done in the Toba-e 鳥羽絵 style of caricature painting that was popular in Osaka in the 18th century. Dust soiling and slight soiling of wrappers. Soiling of title slip. Good condition and good impressions. From the Burton Collection.